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        Becoming Human | Full-Length Broadcast

        Unearthing our earliest ancestors. This program premiered on August 31, 2011 on PBS.

        Nothing is more fascinating to us than, well, us. Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives—putting together the pieces of our human past and transforming our understanding of our earliest ancestors.

        Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, each hour unfolds with a CSI-like forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor. The programs were shot "in the trenches" where discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe. Dry bones spring back to life with stunning computer-generated animation and prosthetics. Fossils not only give us clues to what early hominids looked like, but, with the aid of ingenious new lab techniques, how they lived and how we became the creative, thinking humans of today.

        For classroom resources featuring video segments from this program, check out Fossil Evidence of Bipedalism and Diatoms Measure Climate Change.

        This resource is part of the NOVA: Full-Length Broadcast Collection.

        Becoming Human: First Steps

        First Steps: Six million years ago, what set our ancestors on the path from ape to human?

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        Becoming Human: Birth of Humanity

        Birth of Humanity: New discoveries reveal how early humans hunted and formed families.

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        Becoming Human: Last Human Standing

        Last Human Standing: Many human species once shared the globe. Why do we alone remain?

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